❍ September 17, 24 and Oct. 1, 7 PM @ Images Cinema – Free Admission
❍ All films in German with English subtitles.
❖ Licht / Mademoiselle Paradis (2017) by Barbara Albert
❖ Toni Erdmann (2015) by Maren Ade
❖ Hannah Arendt (2012) by Margarethe v. Trotta
If literature offers models of the world, then the big problem it poses is that of ontology, the nature of reality. In Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky takes us into the head of his hero, and we see the world mostly through his eyes. What we see is the utterly recognizable, tangible cityscape of St. Petersburg, Russia, captured at a precise moment in the year 1865, with its slums, bridges, canals, taverns, smells and crowded, filthy flats. Even the weather corresponds to meteorological records of the time. Nowhere before in Russian literature had a writer so tangibly conveyed the physical experience of urban poverty, hunger, prostitution, and drunkenness. Seduced by this immersion in a particular time and place, readers might not notice an odd, disquieting feature of the novel: the dubious material grounding of its protagonist. This reading tracks Raskolnikov’s path leading up to the act of murder, posing the question: how, given the mass of potential witnesses, does he get away with it? Who sees him, and how do we know? The more deeply we probe into this question, the stranger and more fantastical does he, and his world become.
❖ Friday, November 2 at 4 pm | Schapiro 241
Jeff Lilley, ’86, will speak about how his education at Williams helped to put him on track to be an international correspondent in Russia at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union and make writing an essential part of his professional life. He will tell the story behind the writing of his latest book Have the Mountains Fallen: Two Journeys of Loss and Redemption in the Cold War, which has roots in his first posting in Central Asia. The book follows the lives of a writer and a broadcaster from Soviet Kirgizia who fought against Soviet authoritarianism with words not weapons. It’s a story of the Cold War from the “other side.”
✽ April 24, 4.15 pm | Schapiro 129
Russian graphic artist, activist, and journalist Victoria Lomasko will discuss the genres of “documentary comics” and “graphic reportage” by addressing the history of the genres and their development in Russia, how graphic stories can be used in social activism, journalistic aspects of graphic art, and the principles for combining verbal and visual elements.
✽ April 26, 4:15 | Schapiro 129
Reception to follow talk
April 26 – May 11 | Other Russias
Establishing an Arab Modern Visual Culture in Hilmi al-Tuni’s illustrations and Abdulkader Arnaout’s Typographic Work
Yasmine Nachabe Taan, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture & Design at the Lebanese American University, will discuss the breadth and depth in Hilmi al-Tuni’s illustrations and Abdulkader Arnaout’s typographic work. She will first highlight Arnaout’s contribution to the development of a rich repertoire of Arabic typographic styles., and then discuss al-Tuni’s contribution to the development of a particular visual style reflective of an Egyptian popular culture. Both Arnaout and al-Tuni’s artwork had a great impact on the generation of artists and designers in Egypt, Syria and abroad.
✽ April 4 at 6:30 | Schapiro 129
Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768) rose from poverty in northern Germany to a resplendent life in Rome, as the major art historian of his time. His open courtship of other men as well as his sensational murder made his lifestyle a model for educated men who were sexually attracted to other men, much like Oscar Wilde a century later. These same erotic instincts were behind a willingness to challenge establish morality and imbue the human body with a nobility that paved the way for the emerging conception of the rights of man.
✽ February 21 @ 4:15 | Hollander 241.
* Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Art History and the Dively Committee.
The first Williams Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival, organized by the Department of Romance Languages, begins on April 2 with Santa y Andrés by Carlos Lechuga (2016). The film relates the improbable friendship between a revolutionary country girl and a noncompliant gay writer she has to watch over for three consecutive days. It was censored in Cuba by ministerial decision but has flourished on the international film festival circuit.
The festival will continue on April 16 with La Soledad/ The Solitude by Jorge Thielen Armand (2016, Venezuela) and on April 23 with Carpinteros / Woodpeckers by José María Cabral (2017, Dominican Republic). These are compelling and provocative tales of survival, resistance, determination, and transgression, some of them inspired by real events.
✽ All films to be shown at Images Cinema at 7 PM – All movies are in Spanish with English subtitles. Free admission and open to the public.
The talk will explore the issue of incest in Leo Tolstoy’s novels in the broader context of the family, marriage, and law in 19th-century Russia.
✽ April 16, 4:15 – 5:15pm | Hollander 241
Distinct exotic tunes of Okinawa will be performed by Saburo (Sonny) Ochiai with sanshin, a traditional snake skinned banjo. He’ll be accompanied by a flutist and dancer. Enjoy heartrending ballads to lively dance music, which gets everyone on their feet! Reception with refreshments will follow.
About the artist: Saburo Ochiai is a member of the Society for the Preservation of the Nomura School of Ryukyuan Classical Music based in Okinawa. The Okinawa Times newspaper company awarded him the ‘Merit of Excellence’ in 2008 and proceeded to grant him the ‘Apex Award’ in 2010. As an Okinawa Goodwill Ambassador certified by the Okinawan Governor, he continues to promote Okinawa and its culture through various festivals and ethnic events in the New York area.
✽ Thursday, April 12 at 5:45pm to 6:45pm | Griffin Hall, 3
Febe Armanios, Professor of History at Middlebury College, explores the rise of Middle East’s first Christian television station, which was established in war-torn South Lebanon in the early 1980s and funded and operated by Americans. Over nearly two decades, the channel would introduce millions of viewers to wholesome American family programming, to American sports, and to a specific style of Arab televangelism that was heretofore unfamiliar in the region.
The talk will relate the role of local interlocutors in promoting this station, explore the messianic vision of its backers, and consider the political and religious ideologies of its supporters and detractors.
✽ Thursday, March 1 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm | Griffin Hall, 3